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FCW : January 2014
Editor'sNote 6 January 2014 FCW.COM There's no shame in incremental improvement. Kaizen and Six Sigma have proven their worth in the private sector, and a constant cycle of tweak, test, adjust is at the core of agile development. That holds true for tools and technologies as well as the federal IT projects they support. A steady march toward better, faster, cheaper --- be it in racks of servers or a nancial management system --- should be the goal of every CIO. Every once in a while, however, the game changes. Something new comes along, and things that were impractical if not impossible can suddenly be reconsidered. In track and eld, the Fosbury Flop was that sort of game changer. By inventing an entirely new way to clear the high jump, Dick Fosbury won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics --- and rendered the old records and sense of limits obsolete. So as we ease into 2014, it's worth asking: What could be the Fosbury Flop of federal IT? Ray Kane, who has been in the federal IT marketplace for nearly ve decades, suggested to me recently that it could be the plummeting price of storage. Big data gets all the headlines, he argued, but it's the negligible cost of keeping virtually everything that could enable agencies to rede ne what's possible. Others have suggested machine learning and neural networks (something FCW explored last July) or the possibilities of quantum computing. My money, however, is on management. I don't expect any agencies to join Zappos in embracing "holacracy," but I do think we'll see teams and projects run in radically different ways --- and at least a few of those experiments will make the standard operating procedures look like 1950s high-jumpers. The trick, of course, is giving such experiments enough space to y --- and not making the experimenters afraid to fail. If we can do both, then 2014 could be a very good year indeed. --- TROY K. SCHNEIDER email@example.com, @troyschneider Federal IT's Fosbury Flop EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDITOR Troy K. Schneider John Bicknell MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Frank Konkel, Adam Mazmanian, Mark Rockwell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, Alan Joch, Konstantin Kakaes, Eliza Krigman, John Moore, Colleen O'Hara, Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Richard A. Spires CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace EDITORIAL FELLOW Reid Davenport PRESIDENT James Causey CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Anne Armstrong CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Wendy LaDuke CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Carmel McDonagh PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neal Vitale SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Richard Vitale EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Michael J. Valenti VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christopher M. Coates VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY& APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Erik A. Lindgren VICE PRESIDENT, EVENT OPERATIONS David F. Myers CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Jef frey S. Klein HOW TO REACH THE STAFF A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the nam- ing convention of first initial followed by their last name @1105media.com. Vienna O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. ET) (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5126 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215 Corporate O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) (818) 814-5200; Fax (818) 734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311